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"Mao Zedong" (2008) is a major example of the figurative paintings that have made Chinese Contemporary artist Ren Rong internationally renowned. Mao is depicted close-up with an austere expression on his face, the central figure against a bright glowing yellow background, reflecting his power and legend. The grandiose context and stylistic patterning on Mao's shirt serve as a ubiquitous all knowing symbol, indicating his omnipresent pervasive power. This all demonstrates the application of art used to re-contextualize a portrait for a specific political agenda. This work measures 66.53 x 43.3 x 3.54 inches (169 x 110 x 9cm), and is unframed in excellent condition.

Ren Rong was born in 1960 China and is one of the most important Chinese Realist painters working today. Ren received his formal degrees in painting at The Fine Arts Department of Nanjing Art Institute from 1982 to 1986, and also studied at the Düsseldorf National Academy of Art from 1989 to 1992. In 1993, he was granted an art scholarship by Germany's Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Culture in 1993 and was awarded Welberg City Art Prize in 1994. The next year he established "Ren Rong Modern Art Studio" in Songzhuang, Beijing. In 1996 he was invited by German Bonn Modern Art Gallery for the planning of an exhibition tour themed as "China!–Modern Uygure". He was appointed as Guest Professor of Hamburg Academy of Plastic Arts in 2000 when he also established a Ren Rong Modern Art Studio in Bonn, Germany in 2007. The artist lives between Bonn, Germany and Beijing, China

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Provenance:
  • Present Collection, Germany.
  • Pickup Location: Germany
  • Shipping Dimensions: 66.53 x 43.3 in. (168.99 x 109.98 cm.)

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